South Korea drops RT-PCR requirement for travelers

October 3 ------ South Korea recently withdrew its COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing requirement for inbound travelers.

According to VisitKorea, the official website of the Korea Tourism Organization, the rate of confirmed cases from overseas visitors dropped from 1.3% in August to 0.9% in September. Considering this, all COVID-19 restrictions on inbound travelers will be lifted. In September 2022, South Korea first dropped the mandatory pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirement for inbound travelers.

Meanwhile, walk-ins are prohibited at the South Korean embassy's Taguig office. Only applications coursed through accredited travel agencies will be considered. However, the embassy accepts visa application appointments online, with new slots available every two weeks.